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Bulb in net-wrapped plastic globe under ceiling fan in Tiki room

New remote-controlled multi-mode bulb in net-wrapped globe under ceiling fan in our Tiki room.

Yesterday, I replaced the failing, years-old LED bulb in our Tiki room ceiling fan with this $17 product in the TTM Amazon Store: LJY E27 10W RGB LED Light Color Changing Lamp Bulb AC 85-265V with Remote Control.

With the netting and translucent globe I added, it looks like a Japanese glass fishing float, a popular Tiki decor item. The included remote still works even with the globe covering the bulb.

LED Color Changing Bulb w/ Remote Control

LED Color Changing Bulb w/Remote Control: $17

Our Tiki lounge

Our Tiki lounge

The IR remote selects on/off, color, and brightness. There are also 4 cycling modes, from a fast strobe to a languid pulse.

I was able to teach the commands to my Logitech Harmony remote in the adjacent theater room. Now I can change both the mood and the music from the comfort of my Laz-E-Boy.

Should you wish to do likewise, add a Home Automation/Light Controller device to your Harmony, mfr: Magic Lighting, model: E27. You will get the main buttons of the credit card-sized remote on your Harmony as custom additional (soft) buttons.

I found that I still had to teach each command (the IR codes in the Harmony database didn’t match my hardware), add a few more soft buttons, and delete several. But now I can control this light, our other X10 lights and devices, and home theater components all with the Harmony remote!

Read about Tulsa’s Tiki past on these TTM pages: Tulsa Tiki.

Visit Tiki Central to correspond with Tiki-minded people around the world.

Bora Bora soundtrack, U.S. version

Bora Bora soundtrack

I’ve been listening to this soundtrack a lot lately.

“Bora Bora” is a spicy 1968 Italian film. American International Pictures picked it up, trimmed 7 minutes, dubbed it to English, and substituted a new soundtrack by their resident composer, Les Baxter.

Les Baxter is one of the progenitors of the Exotica/Tiki music of the 50s and early 60s, He composed one of its enduring standards, “Quiet Village”. a hit for Martin Denny. (More in the Tulsa Tiki section of Tulsa TV Memories).

Frank Morrow fan letter at KAKC, 1952

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At right is a 1952 fan letter to Frank Morrow at KAKC in Tulsa, requesting “Quiet Village”. (Frank checked in with us a few days ago in the GroupBlog.)

Both the original and replacement scores are included on the album. I personally prefer the Baxter version. It’s lusher, moodier, and more unified-sounding.

You can get it for free at download-soundtracks.com (discussed in previous post, Movie, TV soundtracks on MP3).

Here is the download link at uploaded.net. When you click Free Download, ignore any offer of a “Java Plug-in”, and uncheck any “download manager” option presented. Exit the popup windows (you should get two).

Having enjoyed the soundtrack so much, I wanted to see the movie.

You might have seen “Bora Bora” circa 1971 at one of Tulsa’s drive-ins, such as the Capri or Riverside. I’m willing to bet it played here.

The New York Times wasn’t kind to it in that year: “Dull Double Bill“. The other movie on that bill was “Kama Sutra”, which, amazingly, I do remember seeing at the Admiral Twin Drive-In. I can testify that the Times was correct. Very boring and droning, just like its source material. The book read as though it were written by an obsessive but passionless taxonomist; every configuration had to be given a name, and the naming and classification itself had the most importance to the writer.

On the other hand, I did enjoy “Bora Bora” some 42 years later. Of course there is the soundtrack, and the photogenic landscape and people. The story might not be epic, but it does keep the show moving. The male protagonist comes off as a manipulative jerk. The female lead, Haydée Politoff, also starred in a film made around the same time by renowned French director Eric Rohmer, “La Collectionneuse” (The Collector). I’ve really liked his movies, so I will look for it.

“Bora Bora” has that weird 60s-70s time warp feel, but the nudity doesn’t seem especially gratuitous for the era. Maybe that’s what was in the trimmed 7 minutes.

The movie poster shouted, “Twice Banned in Europe!” Did the first ban fail due to popular demand or lack of interest?

Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Rated “R”.

“Bora Bora” on Hulu (browser only, not available on Hulu Plus Roku channel)